The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on Nigerian Youths to engage themselves in active Political participation.
Prince Dapo Abiodun said this while delivering his speech, during the Special Parade to mark the 61st National Day Celebration of Nigeria, at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, on Friday, October 1st, 2021.
The Ogun State helmsman also congratulated youths in Nigeria as well as the entire citizenry for yet another wonderful Independence Day Celebration.
He further stated that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow and therefore, must be patriotic and loyal to their Country.
Prince Dapo Abiodun also said that governments must continue to provide the requisite policy framework and character of engagement for the people to harness their potentials as the Ogun State Government is currently doing.
He reassured the citizens of his commitment to the overall development of the State, in terms of infrastructure, welfare, education, and so on.
He also urged the citizens to be loyal to a common cause for a better Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of Traditional Rulers present at the occasion, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, said that the current Dapo Abiodun led-administration had been doing tremendously well in the State.
Oba Olugbenle also admonished the State Government not to lose focus, in ‘Building Our Future Together’ agenda.
The Olu of Ilaro also urged the State Administrators to bring out the dividend of Democracy to all the citizens of the State.
He added that all Obas and members of the Traditional Council would continue to support the State Government.
In his remarks, Former Ogun State Military Governor, General Kayode Olofinmoyin, advised the current led-administration to ensure that education of children in the State is being followed up.
General Olofinmoyin expressed delight at the government’s developmental work at the grassroots level in infrastructure provision.
Besides, he also urged that the Amotekun Security Force be armed with formidable ammunitions, adding that professionalism and proper security mechanism should be their watchword in their operations.
Furthermore, he encouraged all the people of Ogun State and Nigeria to always ensure intelligence gathering to assist security agents, be conscious and vigilant of their environment.
On the physical development, he urged all Governors across the states to be open to different economical alternatives that can aid the economical development of their respective states, rather than relying on the Federal allocations.
In an interview with Newsflagship, Chief (Mrs) Kemi Oloyede, the Iyaloja of Egbaland, congratulated all Egba market men and women for witnessing the 61st Independence Anniversary.
She prayed for Ogun State and Nigeria to continue to grow in leaps and bounds and expressed optimism that next anniversary would be greater She also prayed that the next Independence Day Celebrations would be greater and bring greater peace and joy to Nigeria
In his remarks, Ogun State TUC Chairman, Comrade Akeem Lasisi lamented that the country failed to witness resounding development since independence.
Worried that there are several uncompleted projects in the state, the TUC Chairman charged the current administration in Ogun State to address the various challenges facing the state.
He reiterated that, different ongoing roads construction in some parts of the State have been abandoned for some time, adding that the effect of bad roads in the State had affected many traders.
Comrade Lasisi recalled that in 1960, when Nigeria gained her independence, the likes of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nmandi Azikwe, Tafawa Balewa and the likes of other Nationalists fought for freedom to make Nigeria, a great nation.
He regretted that their dreams for a more peaceful and developed Nation have to nullity.
He tasked the Ogun state government for provision of more infrastructural and economical development to guide against migration.
Also speaking at the occasion, Comrade Folarin, commended the Dapo Abiodun led administration for the achievements recorded so far in the State.
He advocated for the autonomy of the Local government and the House of Assembly to enable them perform assigned roles to the citizens.
He suggested that 50 percent of the State allocation be given to the third tier of governance for the grassroots to enjoy the dividend of democracy.
Government officials present included the Ogun First Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun; Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi; Chief of Staff, Schuaib Afolabi Salisu; Rt Hon Olakunle Oluomo, Speaker, Ogun House of Assembly; Hon Afolabi Moruf Afuape, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Hon Waheed Odusile, and others.